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Daniel Harrison:
Worship Pastor, Blogger, Singer-songwriter, Teacher
Church 212
worshipwriter.com

My Facebook-Perfect Life!

What if we plastered all of our garbage on Facebook? What if instead of just posting all the perfect moments of our lives, we displayed the dirty dark secrets that most everyone doesn’t see? Well, I have a lot of those moments. Where I have been increasingly hating my weaknesses, I’ve actually started to learn to like them.

Due to my insecurities, weaknesses, and sinful failures, I have spent the last few days sulking; even though I am confident in God’s grace for my life I feel like I’ve been running. It’s the usual valley that lies just passed the previous mountaintop. But despite my bleak hatred for these recurrences, I have been seeing the good in them. And I’d like to hit the like button on that. Here’s what I’m learning.

Weakness should be welcomed with gladness. Like Paul says, “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.” (2 Corinthians 11:30) Now, boasting in the things that expose our weakness is contrary to culture and just sounds ridiculous. Instead, we are trying to look good in front of everyone–at work, to friends, on social media! Go look at my Facebook page everyone– or go to Heather’s–we look so perfect. Ha!

God forbid we ever display our shortcomings in front of others. It’s called Self-preservation; this is something I deal with. Growing up in the shadows of my amazing parents, people have automatically viewed me in the light they do my parents (or so I think). If it’s not that, it’s the image portrayed week after week for years as people see me lead worship and preach sermons. Without transparency and humanizing mechanisms, picture-perfect images of me are created. Operating in my shinny gifts can creep in a subtle fear that people are going to discover the real me, whereby the image anyone had is SUDDENLY smashed.

Recently, I have dealt with certain weaknesses that I DON’T want to have. I hate them and I wish they would vanish. But surprisingly, amid the dark grief, I find a welcomed contentment.

Why I love my weaknesses.
Honestly, if I had everything together all the time, I wouldn’t need to rely on God for ANYTHING. My self-happiness and self-sufficiency would be plenty enough to satisfy me. Why would I need God for anything when I have myself? I find it very interesting that Paul, the writer of most the New Testament, makes sufferings seem like gifts from God.

“For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself (anyone relate?) Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But (pay attention) that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.” 2 Corinthians 1:9

God doesn’t cause our sufferings but he does use them to teach us lessons. He does use them to discipline us. He uses them to make us stronger. And he most certainly uses them to keep our reliance on him. So in a way, they are a blessing to us.

Tweet: In a way our sufferings are a blessing to us; they cause us to rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. @DanielsWorship.

I often get discouraged when I don’t measure up to the HIGH EXPECTATIONS I place on my self. But the Lord has been teaching me lately that it’s OK to be weak. Exposed weakness does not comprise manliness, it doesn’t ruin leadership, nor does it disappoint people. It actually helps others dealing with the same issues to find hope.

In reality, I hope I remain weak. Because I know that God uses the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; he uses the weak to shame the strong. He uses the low and despised things of the world to bring to nothing those who think they are something! (1 Corinthians 1:27)

To be honest with you, I have felt just like Paul who pleaded with God. He said, “Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this (thorn in my flesh), that it should leave me. But Jesus said to me, “my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly (as he did) of my weaknesses, so that the “power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Tweet: The more weakness I have, the more of Christ’s power I have. But the more I sustain myself by my own power, the less I need his. @DanielsWorship

So, what am I learning? I am learning to stop running when my weaknesses thrash me. Instead, I’m learning to be glad. This is a wonderful opportunity for me to grow in my reliance on God. In fact, I think God is using these things to test, teach, and graduate me to new levels of perseverance, character, and hope. (Romans 5:4)

I heard a gentleman say recently after being honest about one of his weaknesses, “I hate this, it makes me feel weak.” Hearing this was perfect timing for me because I have been experiencing the same thing. But I refuse to be a prisoner of Self-preservation and I hope the Lord continues to help me out of it.

I opened up the bible today and knelt to read. It felt good to turn to the Lord. Even though I have been confident in God’s grace toward me, it still felt good to stop running.

And that’s the best kind of recurrence.

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Daniel Harrison
Church 212
DanielsWorship.com

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Healthy Christians Grow; our stress, dread, unease, suffering, disquiet…


Healthy Christians Grow;
 (part 2)

4:30am brought a jittery conviction today to get busy. I had this eagerness like fever to start my day. But being a pastor I am forced to evaluate: is this feeling an authentic zeal for the great commission; or do I just love to work? I reasoned my way to a resolve; God put man in the garden to work, it’s not really “work” if you do what you love, and I love Jesus. But this morning he wasn’t put first. Work was.

Why is it so hard to stop, wait, listen, and pray—as the normal Christian does? It seems as though peace is waiting to be had by those willing to take it. Like the sound waves of phone calls, text messages, software updates, and routine noise, God’s voice is floating above our heads. All we have to do is look up and pull it down. But we are too busy.

In light of this realization I compelled myself to look for my bible and grab a short read. When I couldn’t find it I almost reasoned, “guess I can’t read my bible this morning. I’ll do some work.” But amusingly, the Lord changed my thoughts. Then I said, “I know some scripture. I’ll just sit down and quote it.” What a refreshing moment to recite and remember that Jesus is my daily bread.

Subsequent to last week’s post, here is the imposing problem: busyness is the disease of spiritual health; we don’t need to be told; our stress, concern, anxiety, dread, unease, suffering, suspense, fidgets, fuss, worrisome, and disquiet speak loud enough. The problem is to stop the loudness and remove the traffic. Then re-fill the new found space with growth opportunity.

Few people realize their level of spiritual aliveness. They have failed to see the murkiness that has crept into their vision and clouded their discernment. As a result we experience the emotions above. Our relief lies only in the unmerited and available grace given through Christ Jesus. But we must evaluate first and acknowledge our need. Then take steps toward growth.

A galaxy of God-breathed information is collecting dust on many American shelves. But we would be wise to take his word and let it bring transformation. This wisdom will be evidenced in our speech, character, knowledge of the bible, and of course the mending of relationships.

The point is that healthy Christians grow. As we previously covered, “If we live years without experiencing developments in our faith, character, speech, and knowledge, we are missing something.”

Tweet: “If we live years of our lives not experiencing developments in faith, character, speech, and knowledge, we are missing something.” @MultiplyingMen @DanielsWorship

So what?
This 2-part series has deliberately taken us to this moment–to view this passage of scripture and be reminded of the intentional forward progression that Christians make. Let’s approach this passage with two questions in mind:

1. What truths are in the text?
2. What disciplines can I practice?

As an example on how to study in this way, I have highlighted my truths in red. Talking to Timothy, Paul praises the Macedonians for their working faith whose anxiety is the craving of spiritual fervorness. We should emulate such Christians.

But read slowly, carefully, thoughtfully, prayerfully, humbly, contextually, practically, and repetitively.

2 Corinthians 8:1-11 ESV

1 And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. (The Christian’s response to “severe trials and extreme poverty” is a spill over of joy and giving) 3 “For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord.” (The Christian should give abundantly and willfully) 4 “begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— ” (These Christians literally begged to participate in ministry. Serving the church should be a desired and favorable opportunity) 5 “And this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.” (A sinner gives himself first to Lord. Then he gives himself to the authority of the church. Such spiritual submission is the will of God.) 6 So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. 7 But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.” (In addition to one’s overflowing joy, rich generosity, unceasing giving, and eagerness for ministry, the Christian unquestionably excels in his or her faith, speech, and knowledge.) 8 I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. 10 “And in this matter I give my judgment: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it.” (A Christian’s faith works, not just for the sake of doing it or from obligation, but because he or she eagerly desires to do it) 11 Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. (The work spoken of in this text is not the work humanity gives themselves; it’s the work given by God)

Evaluate the measure of your faith. Are you finding incremental changes in speech, character, and knowledge of the bible? If not, a desire issue has either fiddled it’s way in, or you’ve been competing against time. Reexamine every hour of your day. Is every hour doing useful work? Can any moment be handled with more proficiency? Create space and start a bible reading plan. Never be afraid to push out the urgent to make room for the important. You. Will. Grow.

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Daniel Harrison
Assistant Pastor Church 212
DanielsWorship.com
MultiplyingMen.com


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Healthy Christians Grow; Simple Truths part 1

It was one year at bible school when it clicked. It just dawned on me with sudden awe—the message I had professed to believe all these years earlier finally made sense. Ironically, my whole “believing” life, I actually didn’t know what I believed. I don’t think I could have given someone an adequate reason for the hope I had in Christ—my dad told me? That’s what a fellow employee told me when I was fifteen. He said, “you only believe what you believe because your parents raised you that way.” Made sense. Especially sense I had nothing to say back to him. Up until my first year in bible school, I hadn’t yet been smashed with the reality of my sin, the depth of Jesus’ grace, his death on the cross, & Easter for that matter.

I guess I’ve had selective hearing. No hearing maybe? The big picture of it all was greater than my ability to obtain it.

I have observed this is pretty normal for anybody—it attests to the truth that the Lord opens our eyes when he is ready for us to see. After all, darkness never created light. But “For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6

Nonetheless, two decades with limited understanding to the faith I proclaim–the faith that opened my eyes and saved me for eternity–seems a bit embarrassing itself. That’s kinda like the kid who spends 13 years at a Christian school and doesn’t know how to find Jesus in the bible.

There’s a truth here I’ve come to realize. I’ve learned it from myself, the lives of others, and of course the principles of Scripture. The simple (biblical) fact is—Christians were designed to grow. Yes. Simple. Christians grow—and in many aspects of the word. If we live years of our lives not experiencing developments in our faith, character, speech, and knowledge, we are missing something.

Tweet: “If we live years of our lives not experiencing developments in faith, character, speech, and knowledge, we are missing something.” @MultiplyingMen @DanielsWorship

If we don’t see even a glimpse of change or increase in these things, there’s a problem. If our faith isn’t being tested and strengthened there’s a problem. If our speech hasn’t changed to glorify God, there’s a problem. If we have had little or no character developments in our lives and influencing those around us, there’s a problem. Basically, if 5 years from now, 10 years from now, we are in the exact same place that we are presently,… you get the idea.

It is all too common for us to get swallowed up in the business of our own planned lives, that we can easily forget the Christian life that God planned for us. It is all to normal for us to go about neglecting all the basic elementary disciplines of scripture and it is evidenced in the way we talk, act, and lead our lives.

I would like to encourage us to be an early Macedonian kind of people that we see in 2 Corinthians 8. Beware, it will seem a bit counter-cultural as we read this passage but it’s time our lives are evidenced by these simple truths.

Let’s break down 2 Corinthians 8:3-10 and see for ourselves a simple reality—the easily overlooked truths & disciplines of a simple Christian.

To maintain that simplicity, we are only identifying simple truths and practical observations as we read them in the text. Don’t rush. Ready carefully. You’re not reading this blog for my words anyway:

But I’ll post Part 2 next Monday… so see ya then. Or you can subscribe at the right and it will arrive in your inbox!

(To be continued…)

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Stop by and say hi anytime.

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Daniel Harrison
DanielsWorship.com
MultiplyingMen.com

About MM

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The following script is a blog written by Daniel Harrison explaining Church 212’s Men’s Ministry, “Multiplying Men.” To hear more, follow our podcast here.


Preface
Before you dive into this article on re-thinking men’s ministry I want to make one simple thing clear: this men’s ministry is comprised of two types of gatherings–the large group fellowships and small group life. Although, we place emphasis Christian community and invitation to small groups, you don’t have to be in a small group to be apart of our ministry. We will have many crowd opportunities for men to hang and have a good time. If you are a male, there are no limitations–you are apart of this!

RE-THINKING MEN’S MINISTRY
I’m confident to say that most Christians want to see a church that’s alive—a church that truly changes the culture around it with the good news of Jesus Christ. With the increasing social issues of today, the urgency of biblical male leadership may not have ever been greater. Many eagerly desire change in our world—but if it does not start with biblical manhood supporting the way, it has already ended.

Tweet This:
“Multiplying Men is a nurturing ground for men to discover the call of biblical manhood and passionately pursue their Christ-given design—Christ-centered leadership.” @MultiplyingMen

What is Multiplying Men and why does it exist? I will lay this out as succinctly, yet necessarily, as possible in three simple points: authority, method, and invitation.

Authority
It must be stated—the responsibility to carry on Christ’s work in the earth fall’s first, on no other, than the man. Since the foundation of the world, leadership responsibility has been given to the man. As we have seen, Adam the first man, didn’t do a very good job at leading God’s people. His leadership failure subjected the entire world to sin and death. (Genesis 3:17-19)

Thankfully, we serve a God who is rich in love and mercy and sent his Son Jesus to live the sinless life we never could, die the death we deserved, and lead the way to eternal life. Just before Christ ascended into heaven, He said something very powerful, “All authority in heaven and on earth belongs to me. Therefore go…” (Matthew 28:18)

We cannot miss this powerful truth—upon the redemption of His people, also came the distribution of His authority. Christ the head of all authority—has given his authority to his people. He said, “all authority in heaven and on earth belongs to me.” The delegation then, is clear when he said, “therefore go.” The power of the Gospel has not been given to any president, government, nor congressmen. It has been given to the Church.

So, we want to see the Gospel of Jesus Christ change our culture? We must first recognize that this good news has been entrusted and laid upon the men and woman whom Christ gave it to. 1 Timothy 6:20

I want to be clear that the great commission is given to both men and woman—for there were both and women present at Jesus’ Great Commission benediction; and a follower of Christ includes any person committed to his Lordship. But the man, as “head of his wife” has a distinct obligation to exemplify the headship of Christ. Consider it simply: “man is the Glory of Christ and the woman is the Glory of man.” 1 Corinthians 11:17

We cannot expect our wives and children (much less our community) to operate well under our authority, if we are not exemplifying, submitting to, and following our own—Christ. With the mandate to the men, we must consider the means.

Method
When we think “men’s ministry,” we often think about doing large group events like BBQ’s, retreats, game nights, camping, etc. As these are important facets of men’s ministry, they are not the foundation. The foundation of real and effective ministry is what takes place in the ongoing setting that occasional “events” cannot adequately provide. It is the “doing life” together—the safe sanctuary of transparency, accountability, and stability that a Gospel-centered brotherly relationship nurtures.

Tweet This: “What if, instead of just scheduling various large group events attended by men, we created multiple small groups led by men?” @MultiplyingMen

What if every man actually saw himself as a “sent one” living on mission? What if every man were committed to being both discipled and a disciple-maker? What if men were honest with each other about their struggles? What if men readily aided one another through life’s realest problems? What if we prayed together, broke bread together, fellowshipped together, and studied the word together?

I’ll tell you what would happen. Because this is exactly what happened in the early church when 12 men gathered and said, “we must not neglect important matters such as prayer and ministry of the world” Acts 6:2. So they did just that and the result was phenomenal: “So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.”

Imagine if our men did this. The Word of God would spread in our communities, disciples would increase rapidly, and many would be saved—in other words—our churches would be strong, healthy, and most importantly our churches would—grow.

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“Never underestimate the power of men who lead.” @MultiplyingMen

Invitation
The invitation on the table is for every man to do 1 of two things:

Host a group:
Open up your home and invite people from your work places, family, friends, or even people from church. Upon joining the MM community as a host, we will assist you in taking your first group through a book we provide. After the initial community study, you may take your group through a book of your choosing that is approved by us. Once you have been approved to host a group, your name will appear on this listings portion of this website and our staff will serve alongside and assist you in funneling people into your group.

Join a group:
If you’d like to be apart of a men’s group, follow the link and we will connect you to a group just right for you! Whether it is inclusive to men or another facet of small group ministry.

Every January, we will collectively go through the same selected study material as an MM community. At other times, the leaders of various groups can choose their own materials. Overall, MM is an umbrella of men’s ministry that convenes at the small group level  (for ongoing spiritual development) but celebrates and fellowships at large group gatherings.

Conclusion
It is that simple. It doesn’t matter what church you attend or how old you are. As a 28-year-old young man, I must say to those older than I—we need you. I am reaching up to you, asking you to reach back to us. If you are a man, (or even if you are unsure—this is not a joke—this is sincerely a place for you to come be transparent and find help, identity, and healing) this is for you. Let’s be catalysts for the change we want to see.

If it doesn’t start with biblical manhood, it has already ended.

Daniel Harrison
Founder of MM / 212 Worship Pastor
DanielsWorship.com
@DanielsWorship @MultiplyingMen

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